An illustrated history of dairies

Joanne Burns



Joanne Burns's strongest collection yet offers a range of styles, from condensed narratives which tilt towards film, airport novels and science fiction, to poems in prose that read like personal or reflective essays, to short elliptical verses, almost haiku, which open the details of domestic or city life to large and dramatic perspectives.

Her poems are often comic: but darker tones infiltrate their private and public landscapes. The surreal quality of their imagery, and Burns's often oblique line of attack, take the reader to “a dairy at the edge of the mind” unlike any dairy with real cows one is ever likely to encounter.


Print ISBN : 978-1-920882-22-8
pp : 112
Published : October 2007


About the Author

Joanne Burns
joanne burns’ poetry collections include apparently, shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Poetry Awards, footnotes of a hammock, joint winner of the Judith Wright ACT Poetry Prize, an illustrated history of dairies, shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Poetry Award, amphora, and brush, which won the 2016 NSW Premier's Poetry Award. Her poems are studied in high schools and have been produced for radio and theatre.

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Shortlisted for the 2008 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry